If you have been received fraudulent stem cell therapy for the treatment of an incurable disease, you may have a stem cell therapy lawsuit. The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about scams involving illegal stem cell treatment. The FDA warns that people with incurable diseases may fall victim to scammers who offer stem cell treatments that cannot cure diseases, are illegal, expensive, and can be potentially harmful.
There is only one FDA-approved stem cell product, Hemacord, a product made from stem cells in the umbilical cord and used in patients with disorders affecting a patient’s ability to make blood.
Fraudulent Stem Cell Therapy: In December 2011, three people were arrested and charged with illegally manufacturing, selling, and using stem cells without FDA permission or approval. One of the accused is a Texas midwife who obtained umbilical cord blood, and sold it to a laboratory, which sold it to a “consultant” who posed as a doctor and traveled to Mexico to perform unapproved stem cell treatments on people with cancer, multiple sclerosis, and other incurable autoimmune diseases. The people involved in the scheme allegedly received more than $1.5 million from patients. A spokesperson for the FDA Office of Criminal Investigations said “Scammers like these offer false hope to people with incurable diseases in order to line their own pockets with money.”
The FDA makes the following warnings to consumers:
- Make sure any stem cell therapy you are considering has been approved by the FDA or is currently being studied in a clinical study that has been submitted to the FDA and explicitly allowed to proceed
- There is a safety risk when you put stem cells in an area of the body different from their original location, such as the formation of tumors, or migration of the cells to another part of the body.
- Ask your physician if the necessary FDA-approval has been obtained or if you are part of an FDA study — even if the stem cells are your own.
- Be very cautious if you are having stem cell therapy outside the U.S. Learn about the regulations and clinical studies that demonstrate the product is safe and effective.
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